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The Pawnshop (1916)

Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

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Charles Chaplin

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Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Pawnbroker's assistant
Henry Bergman Henry Bergman ... Pawnbroker
Edna Purviance ... His daughter
John Rand John Rand ... Other assistant
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Client with clock
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Crook
James T. Kelley ... Old bum (as James T Kelley)
Frank J. Coleman Frank J. Coleman ... Policeman
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Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail.

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

At the Sign of the Dollar See more »

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Production Co:

Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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dangerously funny
27 July 2004 | by nelsonjcoleSee all my reviews

I saw this with a friend at a screening with a live ragtime orchestra (Paragon Ragtime Orchestra?). It was excellent. A good print and good music (not always easy to find in silent movie reissues). Both of us probably never laughed harder; I was actually worried at one point that I was going to hurt myself. While dedicated Buster Keaton fans, we were forced to admit that Chaplin was an equal, at least. Try to find a decent print and appropriate scoring. It should look good and play at normal speed, not fast, which only happens during a poor transfer of these public domain films (I think the old silents were made at 18 frames a second, and playing them on today's 24 fps speeds them up). Awesome to think that one of the earliest pioneers in film has not been surpassed--or even equaled.


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